College Football Update, November 5, 2018

The 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl (January 1, 2019) will host the champions of the Big 12 Conference and the SEC unless either or both of those champions are selected for the College Football Playoff. If either of the champions do qualify for the playoff, a highly-ranked replacement team from the conference(s) will play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Teams for the 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl will be announced on Sunday, December 2 via an ESPN national telecast.

SEC Results

  • Tagovailoa, No. 1 Alabama roll past No. 4 LSU 29-0.
  • No. 6 Georgia tops No. 11 Kentucky 34-17 to clinch SEC East.
  • Lock burns No. 13 Florida again, Mizzou wins 38-17 in Swamp.
  • Stidham-to-Williams lifts Auburn past No. 25 Texas A&M 28-24.
  • Bentley rallies South Carolina past Ole Miss 48-44.
  • Fitzgerald throws 4 TDs, No. 18 Mississippi State beats La Tech 45-3.
  • Tennessee bowl hopes alive with 14-3 win over Charlotte.

SEC Players of the Week
Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, a Manning Award Star of the Week, and Georgia running back D’Andre Swift have been selected as the SEC’s Co-Offensive Players of the Week while Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams earned the league’s Defensive Player of the Week honor.

Lock led Missouri to its first road win over a ranked team since 2014, as he completed 24-of-32 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns in a convincing 38-17 win in the Swamp against No. 13 Florida. Mizzou’s 38 points and 471 yards of offense marked season-highs against the Florida defense this year. Swift, meanwhile, ran for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries (9.8 yards per carry) during a 34-17 victory over No. 9 Kentucky which clinched the SEC East title for the Bulldogs. His performance including a career-long 83-yard touchdown run.

Defensively, Williams led Alabama with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops and 2.5 sacks, in the Crimson Tide’s 29-0 victory over No. 3 LSU to clinch the SEC West title. Williams was the key for a Tide defense which held the Tigers to 196 total yards and just 12 rushing yards. He was also named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.

Sugar Bowl Projections
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2019

ESPN (Kyle Bonagura): Georgia vs. Oklahoma (no change)
ESPN (Mitch Sherman): Oklahoma vs. Georgia (Georgie replaces LSU)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Oklahoma vs. Georgia (Georgia replaces LSU)
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Georgia vs. Oklahoma (Georgia replaces LSU)
Sports Illustrated (Eric Single): Georgia vs. West Virginia (Georgia replaces LSU)
Orlando Sentinel (Brant Parsons): Georgia vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Texas)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Oklahoma vs. Georgia (no change)
247Sports (Brad Crawford): Oklahoma vs. Georgia (no change)
College Football News (Pete Fiutak): West Virginia vs. Georgia (West Virginia replaces Texas)
All-American (Stewart Mandel): Oklahoma vs. Georgia (no change)

Manning Award Stars of the Week
While 30 quarterbacks are on the Manning Award Watch List, every quarterback in the country remains eligible for the honor. Below are our selections for the top eight quarterback performances of the past week. Click below to be directed to the social media network of your choice (you can vote on all three!).




David Blough, Purdue (23-of-32, 333 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 93.9)
Blough, who tallies his fifth 300-yard game of the season, directs the Boilermakers into position for a game-winning field goal with eight seconds to go in a 38-36 upset of No. 16 Iowa in Big Ten action.

Ian Book, Notre Dame (22-of-34, 343 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 94.4)
Book connects on a career-high for passing yards and also runs for 56 yards, including a 23-yard TD run with 2:45 to go, to clinch a 31-21 road victory over Northwestern.

Caleb Evans, UL Monroe (13-of-22, 337 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 90.7)
Evans, who also rushes for 102 yards and two touchdowns, leads the Warhawks to a 44-25 win over 7-1 Sun Belt rival Georgia Southern.

Will Grier, West Virginia (28-of-42, 346 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 91.5)
Grier, who notches his seventh 300-yard game of the season, connects on a 33-yard TD pass with 16 seconds to go and then rolls into the end zone on a two-point conversion run to lift the Mountaineers to a 42-41 Big 12 victory over No. 17 Texas.

Tyree Jackson, Buffalo (20-of-34, 358 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 82.8)
Jackson also rushes for a career-best three touchdowns as he helps the Bulls remain undefeated in the MAC with a 51-42 victory over Miami (Ohio).

Drew Lock, Missouri (24-of-32, 250 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 94.0)
Lock has his fifth three-TD game of the season as he lifted the Tigers to their first SEC win of the year, a 38-17 road upset of No. 11 Florida.

Kyler Murray, Oklahoma (20-of-35, 360 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 93.5)
Murray, who posts his sixth 300-yard game of the year, also runs for a career-best 100 yards and a touchdown as he rallies the Sooners to a key Big 12 road victory, 51-46, over Texas Tech.

Khalil Tate, Arizona (17-of-22, 350 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.4)
Tate notches career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns, including a 57-yard fourth-quarter connection to lead the Wildcats to a 42-34 Pac-12 victory over Colorado.

Big 12 Results

  • Murray recovers, rallies No. 7 Oklahoma past Texas Tech 51-46.
  • Grier 2-point conversion run sends No 13 West Virginia over No. 17 Texas 42-41.
  • Purdy throws 3 TD passes as Iowa State routs Kansas 27-3.
  • Brewer TD with 7 seconds left lifts Baylor to 35-31 win over Oklahoma State.
  • TCU hangs on for 14-13 win after K-State misses tying PAT.

Big 12 Players of the Week
West Virginia’s Will Grier earned his fourth career Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honor, while Baylor’s Clay Johnston was selected as the league’s Defensive Player of the Week for the first time. Grier was also selected as a Manning Award Star of the Week for the fourth time this year.

Grier completed 28-of-42 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns in West Virginia’s 42-41 win at No. 17 Texas. The redshirt senior threw a perfect 33-yard delivery to Gary Jennings Jr. for a touchdown with seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and ran in the game-winning two-point conversion to give WVU the victory in Austin.

Johnston, a junior linebacker, led the Bears with a career-high 17 tackles, including 14 solo stops, in Baylor’s 35-31 win over Oklahoma State. Johnston’s 17 tackles were the most for a Baylor defender since 2013.

Other Top 25 Results
CFP Rankings from last week.

  • No. 2 Clemson def. Louisville, 77-16.
  • No. 4 Notre Dame def. Northwestern, 31-21.
  • No. 5 Michigan def. No. 14 Penn State, 42-7.
  • No. 8 Washington State def. Cal, 19-13.
  • No. 10 Ohio State def. Nebraska, 36-31.
  • No. 12 UCF def. Temple, 52-40.
  • Arizona State def. No. 15 Utah, 38-20.
  • Purdue def. No. 16 Iowa, 38-36.
  • No. 19 Syracuse def. Wake Forest, 41-24.
  • No. 21 NC State def. Florida State, 47-28.
  • No. 23 Fresno State def. UNLV, 48-3.
  • No. 24 Boston College def. Virginia Tech, 31-21.
  • Pitt def. No. 25 Virginia, 23-13.

This Week’s Other Top 25 Games
AP Rankings, All Times Central

  • Wake Forest at No. 22 NC State (Thursday, 6:30 p.m.)
  • Louisville at No. 13 Syracuse (Friday, 6 p.m.)
  • No. 16 Fresno State at Boise State (Friday, 9:15 p.m.)
  • No. 8 Ohio State at No. 24 Michigan State (11 a.m.)
  • Navy at No. 11 UCF (11 a.m.)
  • Wisconsin at No. 21 Penn State (11 a.m.)
  • No. 4 Michigan at Rutgers (2:30 p.m.)
  • No 10 Washington State at Colorado (2:30 p.m.)
  • Baylor at No. 23 Iowa State (2:30 p.m.)
  • USF at No. 25 Cincinnati (6 p.m.)
  • Florida State at No. 3 Notre Dame (6:30 p.m.)
  • No. 2 Clemson at No. 17 Boston College (7 p.m.)

Notable Numbers
1 – UTEP defeated Rice on Saturday to pick up its first win of the season – the Miners were the last winless team in FBS and also had a 20-game losing streak. UTEP improved to 1-8 while Rice dropped to 1-9.

8 – Alabama had scored on its opening drive in each of its first eight games until Saturday’s meeting with LSU. The Crimson Tide still continued its streak of 500-yard games (every game this year) and its defense held the Tigers to a season-low 196 yards as ’Bama posted a 29-0 shutout – LSU has been shut out three times in the last seven years, all of those came against the Tide.

12.1 – UAB, which dropped its football program for two seasons (2015-16), has managed to return better than ever – it currently leads the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 12.1 points per game. The Blazers defeated UTSA, 52-3, on Saturday to improve to 8-1 and 6-0 in C-USA play. A win on Saturday against Southern Miss will allow them to clinch their first Conference USA regular season championship.

21 – This past weekend, 10 ranked teams lost (four of those losses came in games against other ranked teams) bringing the two-week total of Top-25 teams losing to 21. That’s the most in a two-week span since the AP poll expanded to 25 in 1989.

156-115 – Georgia piled up 331 rushing yards in its SEC-East clinching win over Kentucky. Running backs D’Andre Swift (156) and Elijah Holyfield (115) each tallied career-highs in rushing yards.

240-36 – Clemson, which is a perfect 9-0, has outscored its last four opponents 240-36 following a 77-point outburst against Louisville on Saturday.